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n. Slang
A person who is active in a gang, especially a young member of a criminal gang; a gangster.
Of or relating to the music, clothing, and culture of street gangs.

[Pronunciation spelling of the African American Vernacular English pronunciation of gangster.]


1. a member of a criminal gang
2. a type of rap music
3. a gangsta rapper
4. of or relating to gangs or members of a gang
5. of or relating to gangsta rap
[C20: phonetic rendering of gangster]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gangsta - (Black English) a member of a youth gang
AAVE, African American English, African American Vernacular English, Black English, Black English Vernacular, Black Vernacular, Black Vernacular English, Ebonics - a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
youth gang - a gang whose members are teenagers
compeer, equal, peer, match - a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
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Geeks, goths, and gangstas; youth culture and the evolution of modern society.
Gangstas, Moshers and Indies have replaced Hippies, Skinheads and Punks as the youth factions of today.
His clothing range, Ice Wear, launched earlier this year to massive acclaim from street style lovers and wannabe gangstas. And most surprising of all, there's Posse Pops, a range of ice creams for Kids.
He embodies both ideological usefulness as a model minority in the world of basketball (among the "gangstas" of the league) and economic importance in a global sports market-at the same time being a symbol of pan-Asian pride through his successful presence as an Asian man in the hyper-masculine world of professional basketball.
There are four of them, in Werner's summary: "reality is determined by image and anecdote"; "the purpose of life is to make a lot of money"; "violence is the core of American, that is to say male, identity"; and "the world is divided into 'us' and 'them.' "It is at least an interesting argument that finds in the triumph of these "rules" a fertile so urce ground for the most anti-social excesses of the 'eighties gangstas.
gangstas are armed has quite possibly been one of the few obstacles to the partial realization of a police state in Southern California.
Imagine what will happen when the Goths and gangstas get their hands on biotechnology.
For only the second time since Ceausescu's Christmas Eve execution in 1989, commie-hating reformers ran the country, thanks in part to the voting habits and cultural activity of a new generation that knows more about gangsta rap than Dallas.
Within the larger culture of hip hop, this sense of defiance is given actual voice through the medium of rap music, particularly in gangsta and progressive rap.